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Boy, 12, Saves Day When Brother Starts Stabbing Great-Grandparents

Sheriff is hailing Texas preteen as a 'real hero'

(Newser) - An elderly couple were driving their 20-year-old great-grandson to a friend's house in Texas, where he was to stay until he got evaluated for what his great-grandma called "behavioral issues." As she told Lucian Johnston that on the car ride over Sunday, explaining he could no longer... More »

Doctors Improvise to Save Sick Plane Passenger

It involved a makeshift catheter made of straws

(Newser) - It was 10 hours into a China Southern Airlines flight from Guangzhou to New York on Tuesday, and the crew suddenly had a problem: an elderly man who said he couldn't urinate, had a swollen stomach, and had broken into a cold sweat. Two doctors answered the call for... More »

He Saw the Speeding Car. He Knew His SUV Could Stop It

Erick Marciano hailed as a hero for saving pedestrians during police chase in Montreal

(Newser) - A quick-thinking dad of three is being called a hero after throwing his Mercedes SUV in the path of a speeding car. The CBC and Montreal Gazette report Erick Marciano, 48, was on his way to a meeting Tuesday shortly after noon when he saw a Honda speed through a... More »

Vacationing Man Dies Trying to Save 3 Sons

Kentucky's Stephone Ritchie got caught in a rip current in Cocoa Beach, Fla.

(Newser) - "We thought we hit the jackpot." That's how one member of Stephone Ritchie Sr.'s family felt as they made the drive from the Orlando area to Cocoa Beach during their Florida vacation last week. But, as WDRB notes of that Oct. 24 daytrip, their fun... More »

She Spent Night in Submerged Car Before Help Arrived

Witnesses rescue elderly woman from vehicle in Florida

(Newser) - An elderly woman was trapped overnight in her car, submerged in a bay in Venice, Fla., before two rescuers arrived by chance. Rob Goodman tells CNN he was kayaking at Higel Marine Park just before sunrise Thursday when he saw the top of a white vehicle in the water. Then,... More »

4-Year-Old Saves Toddler Sister: 'I Grabbed Her Tummy'

Gray Forrester was in the right place at the right time when 2-year-old Andie fell in the pool

(Newser) - Gray Forrester is just barely school age, but the 5-year-old has already earned the label of hero. WBIR reports that Gray was just 4 during an incident in their Knoxville, Tenn., yard that led to his 2-year-old sister, Andie, almost drowning. Their mom, Laura, said on the day in question... More »

Cheerleader Jumps Off Float, Saves Choking Toddler

2-year-old Clarke's face was 'super red,' then purple, teen hero Tyra Winters says

(Newser) - One minute Tyra Winters was celebrating homecoming at Rockwall High School. The next thing thing the Texas teen knew, she was being called a hero. Tyra, 17, was riding on a parade float Sept. 18 with her fellow cheerleaders and the school football team when she heard people saying that... More »

Keys Melted to His Burned Body, He Thought Only of Her

Don Osteen credited with saving granddaughter in house explosion

(Newser) - Don Osteen's granddaughter was the apple of his eye. It's no surprise, then, that family members say the Oklahoma veteran's last act was meant to save her. The 69-year-old Purple Heart recipient was having lunch with 3-year-old Paetyn when an explosion leveled his Seminole County home on... More »

Fearing Dayton Shooter Would Kill Him, He Shielded Another

Meet 'the best boyfriend in the world,' Camryn Crowder of Ohio

(Newser) - On the first night out with his partner since the birth of their 3-week-old daughter, Camryn Crowder suddenly saw a "guy pointing a gun." That's when he dropped to the ground Sunday in Dayton, Ohio—but not before pushing his girlfriend to the ground first so he... More »

Hollywood Villain Becomes Hero in Real Life

Actor Danny Trejo pulls child from overturned vehicle after accident

(Newser) - In the movies, he usually plays the villain. But in the real world, actor Danny Trejo just proved he can play the hero as well. The 75-year-old actor pulled a trapped special-needs child from an overturned SUV in Los Angeles, reports ABC7 . The SUV flipped onto its roof after colliding... More »

He Woke Up Early at a Sleepover. Then He Smelled Smoke

Quick-thinking Jayden Espinosa, 5, saves 13 people from apartment fire

(Newser) - A 5-year-old at a Chicago sleepover is now being hailed as a hero for saving 12 people and himself from an early-morning fire. WPVI reports Jayden Espinosa was sleeping over at his aunt's apartment last weekend, and he woke up Saturday morning while everyone else was still snoozing. Jayden... More »

He Escaped the Fire, Then Realized His Niece Was Still Inside

20-year-old Derrick Byrd seriously burned rescuing 8-year-old, but says he'd do it all over again

(Newser) - While every family may have a "fun" uncle, this Washington state family probably prefers having one who's a hero. When a fire broke out at an Aberdeen home early Thursday, with seven family members inside, 20-year-old Derrick Byrd "jumped into action," 14 News reports. He says... More »

Chick-fil-A Worker Jumps Out Drive-Thru Window in Heroic Save

Logan Simmons took what he thought was quickest way out to help a choking child

(Newser) - He went to work ready to serve up chicken sandwiches; he left work a hero. Logan Simmons, a 19-year-old Chick-fil-A employee in Hall County, Ga., went to work on Wednesday just like any other day—except it didn't turn out to be like any other day. Simmons, who was... More »

Ex-Football Star Stops School Shooting

Keanon Lowe says he's 'realizing we have a serious problem'

(Newser) - A former college football standout at the University of Oregon was credited Friday with tackling an armed student at a Portland, Oregon, high school before anyone was injured, the AP reports. Keanon Lowe, a football and track coach and a security guard at Parkrose High School, told reporters as he... More »

Shooting Hero Was Hit Twice, Kept Charging

Riley Howell Foundation to benefit other victims of violence

(Newser) - The chairs still sit side by side in a bedroom decked out in Star Wars gear. But the one previously occupied by Riley Howell now carries a note handwritten by his 14-year-old brother: "Reserved for a hero." Laid to rest Sunday with full military honors , the Reserve Officers'... More »

Student Gave His Life in UNC Shooting

Riley Howell 'took the assailant off his feet': police

(Newser) - A North Carolina college student tackled a gunman who opened fire in his classroom, saving others' lives but losing his own in the process, police said Wednesday. Riley Howell, 21, was among students gathered for end-of-year presentations in an anthropology class at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte when a man... More »

Cops: 'Heroic' 8-Year-Old Saves Sister From Kidnapping

Chance Blue pulls sister Skylar from car, say police in Middletown, Ohio

(Newser) - Middletown, Ohio, has a new hero: 8-year-old Chance Blue. Police are using the term after they say Chance saved his 10-year-old sister, Skylar Weaver, from a kidnapper by pulling her out of a moving car. The drama unfolded last week outside a local hospital, with the children in the back... More »

Bus Driver Hailed as Hero After Seattle Shooting

2 killed, 2 injured during gunman's rampage

(Newser) - A Seattle bus driver is being hailed as a hero for getting his passengers to safety during a chaotic shooting incident in the city Wednesday despite having been injured by gunfire. Police say the gunman opened fire on motorists in an apparently random attack in the Lake City neighborhood, the... More »

A Teen Was Walking Her Dog. Then: 'Can Anybody Help Me?'

New Jersey 17-year-old heard alleged kidnap victim locked in a car trunk

(Newser) - A teen in New Jersey stumbled onto something quite unexpected Thursday morning—and her quick thinking helped rescue a man who'd been abducted, cops say. USA Today reports that 17-year-old Kayla Rose was walking her dog in Irvington when she strolled past a parked car and heard scratching and... More »

His Grandpa Was Driving. Then, 7 Minutes of Panic

12-year-old Benjamin Bubis managed to call 911, pull car over after grandfather's medical emergency

(Newser) - A 71-year-old Massachusetts man is recovering from a stroke he suffered while driving on a major highway, and a doctor says he has his 12-year-old grandson to thank. Benjamin Bubis, a seventh-grader from Canton, was on his way to soccer practice on Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 495 when his grandfather,... More »

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